Democrat Jason Childs drops out of governor’s race

January 12, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Sunday, January 7, Democrat Jason Childs, citing a lack of funds, announced that he was withdrawing from the Democratic gubernatorial race.

“Unfortunately we have failed to meet our fundraising goals,” Childs said. “This marks the end of our campaign. I want to thank all of you for your support. I am especially grateful for our friend, and Campaign Manager Virginia Lucci.”

“I want to extend my heartfelt gratitude to all of my policy advisors,” Childs stated. “The friendships that have been made during this effort will last long after this election cycle is over. Without a doubt the one thing I have learned going through this process, my wife Michelle is a gift from God. We have enjoyed meeting so many fine people from around this great state. Seeing so many progressive minded folks engaged in the political process has been encouraging. I am more optimistic now than ever before. Alabamians are smart, and they know that they deserve a state government that works for them. I am looking forward to working as hard as I can to see to it that the Democratic Primary winner becomes the next Governor of Alabama.”

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Josh Jones announces he will not run for governor

January 8, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Businessman Josh Jones formally announced Thursday that he had suspended his campaign for governor as a Republican.

“I am thankful for the incredible people of Alabama,” Jones said. “Thank you for all the support and prayers through this process. Though this campaign has come to an end may we bind together and not let the establishment and ‘Old Alabama Politics’ continue to lead our great State into mediocrity. May God’s grace deliver a Statesman to lead!”

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With optimism high, Democrats running for governor report end-of-year cash on hand

January 5, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

In 2010, Alabama Republicans completely dominated the Democrats by winning supermajorities in both houses of the Alabama Legislature and every statewide race on the ballot. The GOP repeated that performance in 2014, and Democrat fortunes appeared to be at an all-time low.

This year, however, Alabama Democrats are more optimistic than they have been in a long time. Democratic Senate candidate Doug Jones defeated Republican Roy Moore in the U.S. Senate special election, the first Democratic win in any statewide race since 2008. The Republican Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard, R-Auburn, has been convicted of felony ethics violations. The Republican House Majority Leader Mickey Hammon, R-Decatur, has pleaded guilty to felony campaign finance ethics violations. Republican Gov. Robert Bentley pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations and resigned the governorship in April 2017. In 2016, the Court of the Judiciary suspended the Republican Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore. The momentum generated by the Jones campaign combined with Republican ethics issues have made Alabama Democrats much more optimistic entering 2018 than they were at this time in 2014.

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Gubernatorial candidate Jason Childs favors legalizing marijuana in Alabama

January 3, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama gubernatorial candidate Jason Childs is promoting his proposal to legalize recreational marijuana in the state of Alabama.

“$880 million. That’s a conservative estimate of the total annual sales of marijuana the first year that it is legal in Alabama,” Childs said in a statement. “This is a harmless plant, not one death in over ten thousand years of use. Not only is it not harmful, it is actually good for you.”

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2018 Races to Watch

December 28, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The major party primaries are on June 5, 2018.  Formal major party candidate qualifying opens on January 9; but already politicos are looking ahead to these 2018 races.

In 2014 it was a question if Democrats were even going to find a candidate willing to run against the then very popular incumbent Governor, Robert Bentley; now the Republicans have a new incumbent and there are a host of Democrats who have already declared their candidacy for the Democratic nomination for Governor.  Former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb is running.  So is former state Representative James Fields, Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox, LGBTQ activist Chris Countryman, and Center of Progress founder Jason Childs.

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Loan makes Cavanaugh’s Gubernatorial campaign fund biggest in race

July 6, 2017

By Sam Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

Potential Gubernatorial Candidate Twinkle Cavanaugh raised more money than any other candidate in the Governor’s race so far.

Cavanaugh’s financial disclosures from June show she had much support from individual donations. In total, she raised $69,336 in the month with the median donation being $100.

A statement from her campaign said the donations came from 170 unique individuals and businesses from 43 different Alabama towns.
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Former Pastor joins Governor’s race

June 6, 2017

By Sam Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

Former Pastor Jason Childs officially entered Alabama’s race for Governor as a Democrat, after qualifying on Monday.

Childs’ platform consists of marijuana law reform that would legalize the drug and tax it for state income.

“It should have never been made illegal in the first place,” a statement from Childs said. “It is time to end this silly prohibition against a plant so many people are already using in Alabama.”
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